Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges writes a regular column for Truthdig.com. Hedges graduated from Harvard Divinity School and was for nearly two decades a foreign correspondent for The New York Times. He is the author of many books, including: War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning, What Every Person Should Know About War, and American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America.  His most recent book is Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.

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"Every Sunday morning, we went to church to exorcize hate—of ourselves and of white racists.” (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Views
Monday, December 10, 2018
The Heresy of White Christianity
There are, as Cornel West has pointed out, only two African-Americans who rose from dirt-poor poverty to the highest levels of American intellectual life—the writer Richard Wright and the radical theologian James H. Cone. Cone, who died in April, grew up in segregated Bearden, Ark., the...
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“There’s an intensive effort by Israel and pro-Israel groups to get governments, universities, legislative bodies to adopt a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel and its state ideology, Zionism.”(Photo: Mr. Fish) Views
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
The Film the Israel Lobby Does Not Want You to See
“ The Lobby ,” the four-part Al-Jazeera documentary that was blocked under heavy Israeli pressure shortly before its release, has been leaked online by the Chicago-based website Electronic Intifada, the French website Orient XXI and the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar. The series is an inside look...
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Neoliberalism generates little wealth. Rather, it redistributes it upward into the hands of the ruling elites. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Views
Monday, November 26, 2018
Neoliberalism's Dark Path to Fascism
Neoliberalism as economic theory was always an absurdity. It had as much validity as past ruling ideologies such as the divine right of kings and fascism’s belief in the Übermensch . None of its vaunted promises were even remotely possible. Concentrating wealth in the hands of a global oligarchic...
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Are We About to Face Our Gravest Constitutional Crisis?
Before this lame-duck Congress adjourns in December we could face the most serious constitutional crisis in the history of the republic if Donald Trump attempts to shut down the investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. A supine and pliant Republican Party, still in control of the...
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Assange is on his own. Each day is more difficult for him. This is by design. It is up to us to protest. We are his last hope, and the last hope, I fear, for a free press. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Views
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Crucifying Julian Assange
Julian Assange’s sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has been transformed into a little shop of horrors. He has been largely cut off from communicating with the outside world for the last seven months. His Ecuadorian citizenship, granted to him as an asylum seeker, is in the process of...
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Gross understood that unchecked corporate power would inevitably lead to corporate fascism. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Views
Monday, November 05, 2018
Scum vs. Scum in This 2018 Midterm
There is perhaps no better illustration of the deep decay of the American political system than the Senate race in New Jersey. Sen. Bob Menendez, running for re-election, was censured by the Senate Ethics Committee for accepting bribes from the Florida businessman Salomon Melgen, who was convicted...
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Cults are a product of social decay and despair, and our decay and despair are expanding, soon to explode in another financial crisis.(Photo: Mr.Fish) Views
Monday, October 29, 2018
The Cult of Trump
Cult leaders arise from decayed communities and societies in which people have been shorn of political, social and economic power. The disempowered, infantilized by a world they cannot control, gravitate to cult leaders who appear omnipotent and promise a return to a mythical golden age. The cult...
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Monday, October 22, 2018
The Rule of the Uber-Rich Means Either Tyranny or Revolution
At the age of 10 I was sent as a scholarship student to a boarding school for the uber-rich in Massachusetts. I lived among the wealthiest Americans for the next eight years. I listened to their prejudices and saw their cloying sense of entitlement. They insisted they were privileged and wealthy...
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The key in Nader’s story to the citizens retaking control of Congress and the government is sustained mass nationwide demonstrations and rallies.(Photo: Sage Ross/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, October 18, 2018
The Rats Revolt
There is no American who has fought with more tenacity, courage and integrity to expose the crimes of corporate power and to thwart the corporate coup d’état that has destroyed our democracy than Ralph Nader. Not one. There is little he has not tried in that effort. He has written investigative...
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Though federal estimates put the nation’s homeless number at 554,000, most cities—including Portland, which officially has about 4,000 people without shelter—estimate the homeless, notoriously hard to count, to be at least three times higher.(Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Views
Monday, October 08, 2018
Homeless America
It is 8 a.m. I am in the small offices of Street Roots , a weekly newspaper that prints 10,000 copies per edition. Those who sell the newspaper on the streets—all of them victims of extreme poverty and half of them homeless—have gathered before heading out with their bundles to spend hours in the...
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